Child Care Provider Reaches
for the Stars

Rape and Sexual Assault
Issue Brief

Welcome Participant Scholars

2013 Grant Guidelines 

Social Change Exchange
Sexual Assault

Join us for dessert and discussion about this important topic.

Thursday, May 16, 2013
6:30 to 8:30 pm
Womble, Carlyle
Conference Center
13th Floor
One West Fourth Street
Winston-Salem, NC 27101

Parking available on the street or in the Liberty & Main parking deck.

Childcare is available.

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Child Care Provider Reaches for the Stars

SHARON PINKNEY IS A 53-YEAR-OLD  mother and grandmother who has literally reached for the stars in the child-care profession. In 2002, Pinkney fulfilled a longtime dream, opening a licensed child care center at her home in Germanton. Eight years later, she moved the business to a new site in Winston-Salem and changed the name to Kidz Zone Learning Center. By relentlessly pursuing academic coursework and credentials, Pinkney has earned quality “star” ratings for Kidz Zone from the N.C. Division of Child Development. She’s close to obtaining her bachelor’s degree, too. Thanks to diligence and scholarships from Smart Start’s Financial Aid Program, which was partially funded by a $15,000 grant from The Women’s Fund, Pinkney and other financially challenged women have pursued coursework that is integral to advancing in their field.  

Read Sharon's story 

Rape and Sexual Assault Issue Brief

THE WOMEN'S FUND RECENTLY released our latest issue brief
Rape and Sexual Assault: Private Violence, Community Impacts, which was developed to bring attention to the sexual violence against girls and women that is occurring in our own community with alarming frequency and with devastating consequences. The issue brief looks at the emotional and economic impact victims of sexual assault -- and their families -- suffer directly and personally, as well as the measurable financial costs to society and the impact these crimes have on the larger community.

The Fund hopes that the brief will be widely shared and help spark community action focused on awareness, education, and prevention.  The Fund will be hosting a “Social Change Exchange” event to facilitate conversation on this topic on May 16th from 6:30-8:30 p.m.  The Social Change Exchange will feature a panel consisting of: Kenyetta Richmond, Victim Advocate & Outreach Specialist at Family Services, Inc; Monika Johnson Hostler, Executive Director of the North Carolina Coalition Against Sexual Assault; and Dr. Paige Meltzer, Director of the WFU Women's Center.

Read the Issue Brief   or   RSVP for the Social Change Exchange

Welcome 2013 Participant Scholars

recently welcomed 20 new Participant Scholars to The Women's Fund of Winston-Salem during its annual orientation. The Participant Scholar Program  was developed to offer membership to women and girls who have limited access to financial resources, but whose civic, community or cultural work shows a commitment to issues affecting women and girls.

The 2013 Participant Scholars include: Amanda Kilgore, Beryl Mankins, Brenda Conrad, Britney Lowery, Brittany Pruitt, Camilla Washington, Eliza Walmsley, Elizabeth Perkins, Elizabeth Shepherd, Ereka Scales, Gloria Hairston, Keren Selim, Melissa Cattani, Rozita Nelson, Samantha Kiley, Tammy Hardin, Tristan Long, Tuula Perry, Christian Chambers, and Natasha Smith. Please join us in welcoming these talented women the The Women's Fund.

Read more about the Participant Scholar Program and the recent Orientation

2013 Grant Guidelines Now Available

OUR 2013 GRANT GUIDELINES are now available.  Grants of up to $30,000 are available to organizations implementing programs that address the challenges women face in achieving economic security, so that all women and girls have equal opportunities and the skills and resources to be independent, self-sufficient, and contributing members of the community.  Our grantmaking focus emanates from our research report Through a Gender Lens: The Economic Security of Women and Girls in Forsyth County.  In addition, this year The Women’s Fund will be focusing our research efforts on the issues of violence against women and the impact that it has on women’s economic security.  Special emphasis will be given to the issues of domestic violence, sexual assault, and human trafficking.  We are very interested in receiving applications from programs that focus on creating social change around the issues of violence against women and the economic impact that it has on women’s lives. 

Organizations that are interested in learning more about our guidelines and our new online application process are invited to attend one of two upcoming applicant workshops.

To download the guidelines and/or RSVP to the applicant workshops

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